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The Quickie

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  29,099 ratings  ·  1,942 reviews
Lauren Stillwell is not your average damsel in distress. When the NYPD cop discovers her husband leaving a hotel with another woman, she decides to beat him at his own game. But her revenge goes dangerously awry, and she finds her world spiraling into a hell that becomes more terrifying by the hour.
In a further twist of fate, Lauren must take on a job that threatens everyt
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Published February 1st 2011 by Headline (first published June 28th 2007)
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OK... First off - If I could give LESS than 1 star - I would have! I don't normally add my "Books on Tape" to my Good Reads account. But, I had to "WARN" all my friends. This was absolutely the most ridiculous story I've ever listened to. It was SO FRUSTRATING. The characters were completely unlikeable and made the worst choices. There were SO MANY HOLES in this storyline - And, the worst part of the story is that I couldn't stop listening to it - because I believed it HAD TO GET BETTER... Guess ...more
Sep 10, 2007 Jason rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who like suspense and a lot of plot twist and turns.
First off let me say that I am a James Patterson fan, but despite that fact this book was excellent. It is definitely a suspense thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat. I think what I like the most about it is the way in which the story is told from the begining of the novel. It is as if the introduction is laid before you piece by piece in such a unique format that it draws you in from the very begining. Definitely a great fun fiction book to read.
Tea Jovanović
Ma koliko vam se činilo da je Patersonove knjige lako čitati u originalu i da su zasigurno lake za prevedom on zapravo uopšte nije mačji kašalj kada ga treba prevesti... Njegov jezik je pun zamki, frazalnih glagola, žargona i slično... I mala nepažnja prevodioca, pogrešno shvaćeno značenje može dovesti do materijalno veoma netačnog prevoda... Ova knjiga je odlično prevedena ali tekst ove knjige već godinama mi služi kao probni tekst za prevodioce s kojima ranije moj tim nije sarađivao... I neće ...more
2/19/08 - I got this in the mail today as part of a bookray from the other online bookclub that I'm a member of. I will be putting the remaining 3 books of The Bridesmaid Chronicles on hold until I read this one!
2/21/08 - WOW...this has been one of the best mystery/thriller book that I've read in a long time! I didn't put the book down much, as I've read this in 3 days! It was a real page-turner that I just kept being shocked about the
If I could give -stars, I would. This is, by far, the most irritating book I've ever read. The prose reads like the convoluted script for a very bad Lifetime movie, and there's not one likable character in the whole mess. The main character is a composite sketch of the worst stereotypes of women. She's a cop, but the worst crime in the world is cheating on her. She's tops in her career field, but what she values most is being a submissive wife and mother. Ugh. I only hope that there was a very l ...more
Quinn Barrett
For years I've wondered what the big whoop about James Patterson was all about, but not enough to buy one of his novels. More recently, I've been downloading books via the Overdrive Media app from my local digital library and since so many of his titles were available, I thought what the heck, I'll give it a try. I noticed as I perused Patterson's vast archive of books that the majority were co-authored with other writers. In this case, Michael Ledwidge.

It is just me or is that strange? Are thes
The Quickie is written in very short chapters so it made it a fast read. I got hooked in the first part of the book but then became a little bored when “covering up” became a little too effortless for the protagonist. Towards the end of the book a new twist was introduced but was not really developed and left you really struggling to put it all together. It was as if Patterson came up with another plot at the end of the novel and tried to incorporate it into the existing murder mystery.

For me t
Sean McCoy, LMT
Spoiler Alert!

This book sucked. There is a method authors use to get themselves out of corners that they write their characters into, and that is to give the reader a surprise "Oh you didn't know this, but way back a long time ago, this happened which makes this happen which makes it so the hero can escape!"

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! That's bullcrap!

There's a "neat sheet" (like a picnic blanket) that is used to wrap a murder victim, and it gets blood on it - so we have evidence that the victim was indeed
Lauren Stillwell feels like her life is crumbling when she sees her husband coming out of a hotel room with another woman. They have already been struggling with their relationship recently, a problem she partially attributes to their inability to get pregnant. As you can imagine, she assumes that this is an indication that Paul is cheating on her. The book could easily have been called You Know What Happens When You Assume. From this point on, Lauren rashes from one irrational decision to the n ...more
I've loved almost every book I've ever read by James Patterson, and this book was no exception. Whilst I don't think it was as great as his Cross books, this was yet another book that I couldn't put down.

I liked the fact that the protagonist was directly involved with the murder, and trying to cover it up - most thrillers are based on someone trying to find the murderer.

I love that Patterson's books have really small chapters - this makes me want to read 'just one more' all the time. I do feel t
Sharal Hunter
I can always, ALWAYS count on James Patterson to rip the rug out from under my feet when I read one of his books. Even the ones I didn't really care for. With The Quickie, Patterson weaves a tale of betrayal and murder so tightly knit and intricate, the reader is left shocked and flabbergasted at the end. This book is definitely one of those that delivers an ending you never saw coming. Lauren Stillwell is a character any woman who has had an affair or a spouse suspected of having an affair can ...more
Read this because a co-worker offered it and said she would throw it away if I didn't take it. She also said she loved Patterson books and could not stop reading them once she started. I, of course, can never let a book be thrown away, no matter how bad. So I took it and will leave it somewhere to be found, like the back of the airplane seat on my way home. Well, this was my first Patterson and it did not disappoint - it was as bad as I feared it might be. Each chapter is about 3-4 pages long - ...more
Jan 12, 2014 Darlene rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ADULT
Recommended to Darlene by: JAMES PATTERSOM
I bought this book at Walmart after reading several free chapters from James Patterson on his web site.
I have to tell you that this is my honest opinion of the book.
The Quickie to me is truly awesome and will keep you on the edge of your chair/seat. It has so many twist and turns in it that you never really know what is gonna happen.
It involves a young NY cop who sees her husband coming out of a hotel with another women and immanently believes that he having an affair. Then when someone is
Wow what an amazing read, i couldn't put this down and finished it in one go.
When Lauren Stillwell thinks her husband Paul is having an affair she takes drastic action, she in turn sleeps with a co worker she barely knows Scott Thayer.
Things take a dramatic turn when Paul shows up at Scott's house and when a fight erupts outside Lauren is secretly inside watching as her husband brutally clubs Scott to the point of near death then bundles him in his car, shocked and thinking he has found out abou

Lauren Stillwell, a homicide detective from New York, is happily married to a handsome finance advisor, Paul. One day she decides to surprise her husband, visiting him at work during lunchtime. She sees Paul going out with an unknown, tall, slim blonde. They enter a posh St Regis hotel and Lauren is left rethinking her marriage and her life from quite a new perspective – that of a cheated, ageing wife. She comes to some fateful conclusions. One of them is that Paul has stopped caring ab
Jun 19, 2008 Megan rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: James Patterson fans--anyone looking for a quick read
Good book, but not as good as his Women's Murder Club Books. I'm finding that the stand alone books don't have nearly the impact that the series books--WMC and Alex Cross--have.

The book was filled with a rollercoaster ride of what was going to happen, and I never saw the twist at the end coming. I would have liked to have found out more about the new life, and that storyline that is presented at the end of the book.

It was definitely interesting to see a different side of a murder mystery novel
There really isn't a likable major character in the book. I'm not opposed to flawed characters, but at least one central character should be likable even if flawed! Lauren suspects her husband is having an affair, so she has a fling. Her husband kills her lover and she does everything possible to protect her life as she knows it. She rationalizes it as protecting her husband because it's her fault she cheated, but all I saw was grasping at straws on reasons why she can't lose her husband and car ...more
Lauren’s decision to do a fun thing for all the wrong reasons backfires. After convincing herself that her husband is having an affair she decides that revenge is in order and proceeds accordingly. After all Scott, her colleague, is hot for her body and she always thought he was a major turn-on, so why not? Let me count the ways: she becomes a witness to murder; she jeopardizes her career and then finds out that her husband may not be guilty of the affair after all, while the web of lies and cov ...more
Kasia S.
The title certainly fits the bill, this book was a furiously fast read, I think I knocked it down in a few hours and as fun as it was, it's not something deep or memorable. I have to agree with other reviewers who said that whenever Patterson shares his name on his book with another author they are very watered down, I can't put my finger on it, but the format and feel was similar to one of the latest I read from him, "Sail", which wasn't awfully impressive. I know the man can write, I'm current ...more
Gary Taylor
I'm in the mood now for a quickie. So here it is.

The Quickie is a strong example of modern pulp in the raw-boned tradition of Mickey Spillane or Raymond Chandler. Snappy dialogue propels a simple plot through a number of twists with a first-person narrator telling her story. Tough stuff. The ultimate resolution seems a tad preposterous but what the heck? Enjoy the ride, toots. You get it all with The Quickie: jealousy, revenge, adultery, a woman scorned, robbery, murder, corrupt cops, good versu
The review blurb said this was thrilling, romantic, and erotic. Someone should give that reviewer a dictionary, because there is no romance, let alone erotic-ness, in this story. Also, the person who wrote this has no idea how gynecologists work.

But maybe I'm just grumpy. Let's see how I feel at the end.

UPDATE: Okay. I read to the end. And if I'd gotten it from the library I think I'd be less annoyed. But I spent time and money on this incompetent heroine who made Every Single Wrong Choice Poss
Having found out some of her husbands secrets she follows him to DC and with the help of a fellow detective tracks him down to his second home, his second wife and his daughter. When she contfronts him he admits to the robbery and his adultery. What he fails to mention his that his second wife is also pregnant with twins.
At this point she arrests him. He escapes and she and the Washington police pursue. He crashes in to the river and when she tries to save him he tries to kill her.
He dies she in
Patrice Hoffman
This is the only Patterson book I've ever read. His writing is really easy so it was easy to get through this read. There are a lot of twists and turns in this book but overall I found it to be extremely predictable. I always like the idea of a good cop gone bad to protect their livelihood but the husband in this story was completely over the top. In all... I guess I would read more books by Patterson because I vaguely remember a dull moment or a bored moment in this book.
Michelle Purcell
I thought this book was going to be a quick read by just looking at how large the text was and how many chapters there were but I was wrong. Surprisingly, the characters actually went though and dealt with a lot. The Quickie had so much suspense and so many twists it was like watching an action movie. It was most definitely a page turner. I haven't read anything other than this written by James Patterson but I am going to have to... soon.
Thea Jones
Wow what an awesome book. Have to say this is my favorite so far of James Patterson. I'm always a little skeptical with James Patterson book some of his book are down right boring. But this had so many twist and turns that I had no idea what was coming next
Marianne Jay
This book pretty much got dumped on in reviews - but i really liked it. It was exciting and a CRAZY ride. This book is a must read for all James Patterson Fans
Deb Tewes
Great suspenseful book, lots of twists and turns
Apr 13, 2010 Jennifer rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jennifer by:
Shelves: mystery
The Quickie was shocking, thrilling, suspenseful and almost everything you would want in a mystery. The only thing this book was lacking is believability.

Lauren's actions don't make sense to me. She cheats on her husband because she sees him on a sidewalk with another woman. Nothing romantic or suggestive is going on, but when she asks him about it, he lies. This gives her the green light to cheat with a man she's been cultivating a relationship with. Obviously, she is unhappy in her marriage an
Purple Iris
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Mary Stuart Masterson is a multi talented actress. She not only delivers stellar performances (and has since the age of 7) but writes and directs. Not the least of her abilities is narrating, as is evident in this tricky, tantalizing and sometimes torturous story. Experienced behind a microphone, Masterson has done other highly listenable readings, such as Cornwell's Book of the Dead and The Predator.

Her voice is so pure, distinct that one is reminded of a classically trained actress. Yet her p
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